EDF Scholarship (Material, Student Uniform and Cash)
EDF Scholarship, in the academic year 2015 - 2016, was provided to 1,309 students from the poor and disadvantaged families; 759 scholarships for primary school students at grade 4, 5 and grade 6, and 550 scholarships for lower secondary students at grade 7 and grade 9 from 85 schools in 4 provinces; Kampong Chhnang, Kampot, Takeo and Kampong Speu.
EDF Scholarship is consisted of studying materials and student uniform. Study material is consisted of writing book, pen, pencil, color pencil, ruler, steel compass, pen eraser, additional reading book, pen pack, rubber, pencil cutter and school bag; student uniform is consisted of student uniform, shoes, sock, slipper, raincoat, hair ribbon for female student, belt for male student, sweater.
Besides supporting scholarship to students, EDF Scholarship Program has also included material support to schools, which under the scholarship project.
School material supports, this year, were granted to 85 schools, and District Offices of Education, Youth and Sport where EDF Scholarship has been implemented. School material support consisted stationeries, school instrument and cash 60,000Riel (15U$) for transportation support for school to follow up student who has not regularly attended school.
Girl’s Dormitory Project
EDF-Cambodia has the studied the situation of secondary education as it has been reported that low enrolment; the average gross enrolment at lower secondary education is over 50% and upper secondary education is over 20%.
To study the number of commune, district and to compare with the number of secondary school to find out that the location is far between primary school to lower secondary school and lower secondary school to upper secondary school. Student, at some areas, could not return home though has own bicycle or motorbike because of access road, and have to find place to stay somewhere nearby school. They stay at temple, rent room, stay with relative, friend’s home or build own dormitory.
EDF-Cambodia has made an initiative to build dormitory for female students from the poor and disadvantaged families to continue their study at secondary education.
EDF-Cambodia has considered Girl’s dormitory project is one of the most important factors for improving education; it is to increase and retain the enrolment at secondary education as well as to contribute to the poverty reduction of the rural people.
Donor’s study trip is to enable donors to understand and learn the real situation of student and people in rural area, to build good and close relation between donors and scholars and as well as to enable donors to know the culture of Cambodia.
EDF Library Box Project (Books for Library)
Culture of reading book has not been built for Cambodian people; thus a large majority of Cambodian people do not like to spend their time to read books; culture of non-reading books has continued from generation to generation and to build a culture of reading books at least to spend a generation.
EDF-Cambodia has considered improving book reading for young generation is one of the most important factors for education development, because book is the source or bank of knowledge. It is known that to read more to know more; to read book is to install software into the brain.
Cambodian students start to understand, be aware of important of reading book, and change their habit; they start to read books and teachers motivate them to read books. However, knowledge improvement from reading book still face problem on the way to go such as very limited number of books, lack of books classification and so on.
Mr. YASUDA KATSUYA conducted a study trip to Cambodia from November 2nd to 4th, 2015; it
was his first trip to Cambodia. He, during his stay in Cambodia, visited rural schools, students ‘home visit and meet his scholar.
Bicycle, in Cambodia, has been considered as important transportation
means for rural students who graduated primary school and wishes to
continue to Lower Secondary Schools, which locates far from home, and it
will be the important equipment in serving the daily living situation
of students and families.
Walking to and from far school is not only tiring and time consuming, but also seriously impacts the study of students; students may not concentrate on study or may not struggle to study.
EDF-Cambodia with the cooperation with EDF-Japan has managed bicycle project so that to facilitate transportation problem for student whose house is far from school.